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Professional Photographer Shares Tips for Capturing the Perfect Seascape

Crashing ocean waves and scenic visual landscapes make seascapes an irresistible subject for many photographers. But, getting the final results that you'd like isn't always easy. Often the sky will appear overexposed or it's impossible to snap just at the moment the waves crash. Luckily, …

Landscape Photography

The Delights of Parsing the Beatles' Most Nonsensical Song

Released 50 years ago, “I Am the Walrus” is endlessly analyzable, and yet somehow analysis-proof.<p><i>“It seems very pretty,” she said when she had finished it, “but it’s rather hard to understand!” (You see she didn’t like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn’t make it out at all.) “Somehow it</i> …

Literature

50 Best Albums of 2017

50<p>Code Orange, ‘Forever’<p>The Pittsburgh hardcore-from-hell outfit delivers state-of-the-art heaviness with its third full-length LP, and its first for …

The Case for Not Being Born

The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.<p>David Benatar may be the world’s most pessimistic philosopher. An “anti-natalist,” he believes that life is so bad, so painful, that human beings should stop having children for reasons of …

World Trade Center

Learn How to Grow and Care for Succulents

Succulents seem custom-made for indoor gardeners. These hardy plants can thrive for long periods in poor conditions. But given proper care, …

Banned by the police: the true stories behind Modigliani's languorous nudes

Modigliani refused to paint his public lovers nude, though it’s quite possible that he became the lover of his models<p>“We fight against the nude in painting, as nauseous and as tedious as adultery in literature,” proclaimed the Italian Futurists in 1910. The nude was dead; the speeding car more …

Art

Radical new approach to schizophrenia treatment begins trial

<b>Exclusive:</b> as evidence emerges that schizophrenia could be an immune system disease, two-year trial will use antibody drug currently used for MS<p>British scientists have begun testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging evidence that it could be a disease of the …

Immune System

The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.<p>In a recent flight, I was sitting a couple of rows behind Salman Rushdie on the British Airways flight 178 from New York to London. It was an eerie experience. On my way to the …

To be more ethical, think like an Oxford philosopher

Jeff McMahan is an Oxford moral philosopher and vegetarian of almost 50 years. He still doesn’t know if it’s wrong to eat meat.<p>I discovered this when I called McMahan in June to discuss his recently delivered lecture, “Might we benefit animals by eating them?” The lecture examined whether it can be …

Ethics

Making history safe again: What Ken Burns gets wrong about Vietnam

<b>"The Vietnam War" (PBS)</b><p>Historian Christian Appy: Vietnam was not a “tragic misunderstanding” but a campaign of “imperial aggression”<p>Patrick Lawrence<p>October 15, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Three questions came to mind when news arrived that "The Vietnam War," the latest documentary film from Ken Burns …

Vietnam War

The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

Expert interrogators know torture doesn’t work – but until now, nobody could prove it. By analysing hundreds of top-secret interviews with terror suspects, two British scientists have revolutionised the art of extracting the truth. By Ian Leslie<p>In 2013, a British man was arrested for planning to …

AA Milne, Christopher Robin and the curse of Winnie-the-Pooh

Not only was AA Milne’s life eclipsed by the creation of Pooh Bear, so was that of his son, writes the screenwriter of the new biopic, Goodbye Christopher Robin<p>As Quentin Crisp once pointed out in a lecture: if he were to bring a distinguished old Yorkshireman on stage, the audience might be …

20 modern classic movies everyone needs to watch in their lifetime

1. “Donnie Darko” (2001)<p>Jake Gyllenhaal was just starting to get on everyone's radar when he scored one of his first lead roles, playing a troubled …

Country diary: sci-fi fungus flourishes in the forest

<b>New Forest</b> Octopus-like tentacles are stained with what appears to be congealed blood and there’s a stink of rotting flesh<p>Naturalists need good contacts, and generalists such as me depend on observant friends to pass the word when they see anything that might be of interest. A phone call alerted …

John Cleese on Political Correctness and the Funniest Joke He Ever Told

“I want to murder this thing,” says John Cleese, fiddling with a medical contraption that’s attached to his leg. The 77-year-old founding member of …

Comedy

There's a theory this Ian Botham interview inspired David Brent

So there’s a theory put forward by @darrenrichman over on Twitter that this Ian Botham interview from the 1980s was the inspiration for David …

Artist Delicately Crafts Colorful Insects From Freshly Cut Flowers

In his series, <i>Natura Insects</i>, Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue uses an assortment of freshly-cut blooms to create colorful insect sculptures. Each delicately crafted floral arrangement transforms the earthy creatures into ethereal works of art, exhibiting the artist's creative use of materials and …

Cut Flowers

The History of Photojournalism. How Photography Changed the Way We Receive News.

Using images to communicate the news, photojournalism has shaped the way we view the world since the mid-19th century. What began as war photography has slowly spread to other newsworthy events, including sports, and even long-form storytelling through photo essays.<p>While some say its heyday has …

35 Quotes From Master Photographers to Inspire You to Take Great Pictures

Since the advent of photography in 1839, it’s safe to say that it has changed our world. It’s revealed things that were once hidden and documented important events and cultures so that they’ll never be forgotten. These aspects of it affect more than the viewers, but the picture takers, too. To …

Street Photography

The 35 words you’re (probably) getting wrong

Have you made a flagrant error, in confusing your alternative choices? The legendary Fleet Street editor Harold Evans proscribes this glossary to solve your language dilemmas<p>I freely acknowledge that, in a list of this sort, “glossary” is a fancy Latin word for a collection of pet peeves (noun, …

When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas make beautiful focal points in the garden and require minimal care, other than pruning. Many hydrangeas have interesting foliage and bark, …

Gina Miller: ‘The dishonesty still goes on. That’s what I abhor’

Gina Miller took the government on over Article 50 and won. She suffered horrible abuse, and now needs constant security. But, she says, that won’t stop her fighting on – through tactical voting<p>Gina Miller glides into the office, bright, beautiful, bird-like. She smiles. “I’m just going to freshen …

The Guardian view on King Charles III: a foreboding play | Editorial

The BBC2 broadcast of Mike Bartlett’s play is a reminder that even for republicans, the Queen’s death will loom large<p>King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s play set in a future shortly after the Queen’s death, aired on the BBC this week. Its trim new television version was directed by Rupert Goold and …

Trump convinced this is actually clever

<b>DONALD Trump believes that firing the man investigating his collusion with Russia is a really clever solution to the whole problem, he has …

Never before in my adult life has the future seemed so bleak for progressives | Will Hutton

As a series of catastrophes unfold, Enlightenment values are being trashed. Matters could get very ugly<p>For all of us, the public sphere impinges on the private and personal. It could hardly be otherwise. It’s more obvious with big events – a war or an economic depression – but the stresses …

War

Brexit is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sweep away red tape and free Britain's economy

Cut EU red tape Banner<p>Leaving the European Union presents us with huge opportunities, not least the ability to jettison some of the nonsensical regulations that have seeped into our economy over the years. These regulations have made us less competitive on the world market than we should have …

Regulation

Arseholed Nick Clegg screams filth at a pigeon

<b>AN incredibly drunk Nick Clegg has been swearing violently at a pigeon in central London.</b><p>It is understood the distraught former Lib Dem leader …

Nick Clegg

Meritocracy: the great delusion that ingrains inequality | Jo Littler

From Theresa May to Donald Trump, our leaders sell it as a utopian system of fairness – but ‘merit’ has been manipulated to privilege the wealthy<p>“We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers!” shouted Donald Trump in his first address to Congress last month, before …

America last: The case for moral disengagement from politics in the age of Trump

<b>(Salon/Mireia Triguero Roura)</b><p>We may well be seeing the rise of fascism — but Democrats and liberals have helped make it possible. Just say no!<p>Anis Shivani<p>February 26, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>There are a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?<br>— Donald J. Trump, Feb. 6, 2017<p>There …

Political Science